25 Sep 2013

Sport: Last chance for Samoa locals to earn World Cup berth

10:16 am on 25 September 2013

Samoa Residents coach Ponifasio Vasa says his squad has everything to play for in their two-match rugby league series against the Australian Affiliated States.

The first match is on Sunday with the series wrapping up on Friday week.

There are five places in the Toa Samoa World Cup squad being left open for local players and Ponifasio Vasa says the games are a final chance to press their claims.

"This is a final opportunity for these locals to earn a spot in the World Cup. There are a certain amount of spots available for the locals but they have to prove that they deserve to earn those spots, in terms of standard and qualities that we need for the World Cup squad. We also have got five players with Country this year - they're all back to the squad and three amateur players from New Zealand. They're all part of the local ones. [I'm] really looking forward to get them on the field and showcase what they've got."

Meanwhile two more players have been added to the Tonga train on-squad for the Rugby League World Cup.

Sydney Roosters duo Nafe Seluini and Michael Oldfield, who've spent most of the season playing for the Newtown Jets, will join the other 30 players at a training session in Penrith on Wednesday.